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Area dads relax on their day

June 19, 2006|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

WASHINGTON COUNTY

It had been four years since Chester Magoun, 56, had been with his daughter on Father's Day. And Sunday, as he put his arm around her, Magoun said he was just glad to have her home.

Amber Holland, 29, moved to Florida, but returned to Hagerstown about four days ago with her two children, 2-year-old Angela Holland and 4-year-old Xavier Holland. Magoun said he's seen his daughter only once in the four years since she moved.

Like many area fathers, Magoun said he wanted to spend the day with his family and relax. Magoun said his family suggested a trip to City Park in Hagerstown.

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"And I thought that sounded like a great idea," he said. "I can't think of anything better to do on Father's Day than spend the day with my family."

Brian Baumgardner, 50, of Hagerstown, spent part of Father's Day Sunday with his daughter, Melody Baumgardner, 11, and his companion, Dorothy Olson, 51, also of Hagerstown, fishing on the Potomac River. The last time the three went fishing, Melody was the only one who caught a fish, he said.

"This couldn't be a better day for me," Baumgardner said. "For me, this is just a perfect day. Some daddy and daughter time."

John Fischer, 35, of Hagerstown, said his daughter surprised him with a fishing pole for Father's Day. His daughter, Morgan Fischer, 8, has wanted to go fishing for a while, he said.

"So, we went out and bought her one, too," Fischer said.

The two took their new poles to the Potomac River, where after about one hour, Morgan said she was frustrated she hadn't caught anything. She got her line tangled in a few leaves and sticks, though, she said.

"I don't really care if we catch anything," Fischer said. "I'm just going to throw them back anyway. I just wanted to spend the day with my girl."

Since he's busy with work and other responsibilities, Fischer said Father's Day was a chance to spend the whole day with his daughter.

"It was way overdue," he said.

Rick Gann, 39, of Hagers-town, said he and his wife, Sheila Gann, and their 3-year-old daughter, Sarah Gann, were spending the day doing things Sarah wanted to do. They were near a boat ramp to the Potomac River Sunday afternoon feeding ducks.

"And now she's throwing rocks," Sheila Gann said. "This is her day. Every day is her day until she gets older."

Jim Richardson, 43, of Boonsboro, worked until noon Sunday, and when he was through, he picked up his son, Brandon Richardson, 9, and headed to City Park.

Richardson said he had very little planned for the day, but looked forward to spending time with his son and relaxing.

Mike Keefer, 51, of Maugansville, was at City Park Sunday with his daughter, Christy Ray, 31, and her two children. Keefer also has two sons, Scott Keefer, 29, and Tim Keefer, 27.

For Father's Day, Keefer said his daughter took him to his favorite restaurant for lunch.

"And yesterday I got a massage from my fiancee," he said. "This whole weekend has been my Father's Day."

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